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HER Number:MDV7823
Name:Medieval fire beacon, Buckfastleigh


A Medieval fire beacon stood a little to the west of the church in Buckfastleigh, and north of the butts. A stack of heavy timbers is shown on a copy of a survey map dating from Henry VIII's reign.


Grid Reference:SX 741 665
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 898036
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/28

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 281 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 898036 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV347308.

Knollthorne; "a close that the fyer bekon stondeth on". Just west of the church and north of the butts. A stack of heavy timbers is shown. A Henry VIII survey map copied in "Short History of the Rights of Common in Dartmoor" (Dartmoor Preservation Society, 1890). Pre-Elizabethan. Medieval fire beacon given national grid reference SX741665 by National Monuments Record.
Grid reference given as SX741665 - sited from 1963 Ordnance Survey map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 281.
SDV347308National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 898036. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

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MDV4816Related to: Beacon east of West Mill Tor (Monument)
MDV64246Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Bridford (Monument)
MDV9508Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Bridford (Monument)
MDV8474Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Cheriton Bishop (Monument)
MDV13811Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Hennock (Monument)
MDV6883Related to: BEACON in the Parish of South Tawton (Monument)
MDV6152Related to: Beacon on Meldon Hill (Monument)
MDV8442Related to: Bowden Beacon; possible site (Monument)
MDV7977Related to: Buckland Beacon (Monument)
MDV13169Related to: Butterdon Hill Beacon (Monument)
MDV2387Related to: Rowber Beacon, Buckland Monachorum (Monument)
MDV2388Related to: Shaugh Beacon (Monument)
MDV7956Related to: Site of a Beacon on Brent Hill, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 13 2021 12:56PM